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Release: Jan. 8, 2003

(Photo: Philip G. Hubbard)

2003 Hubbard Law School Preparation Program is announced

The UI College of Law will sponsor a second year of programming for the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program to encourage undergraduate college students from groups underrepresented in the law to consider careers as lawyers.

The 2003 program will be June 5 to July 3 at the Boyd Law Building at the University of Iowa.

"The program serves as a holistic introduction to the study of law, from the application process to the experiences students might have in first-year classes," said Marcella David, a UI law professor and director of the Hubbard program. "The reaction of last summer's Hubbard Fellows was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to improving on our very successful first effort. The 2002 Hubbard Fellows were a great group, fun and interesting, and destined to go on to do wonderful things."

Participants in the program must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in college in Fall 2003. They will participate in intensive classes, skills training and other workshops, an intensive writing curriculum, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing and the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy and listening skills.

In addition, participants will attend special lectures by professional attorneys, visit courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and other legal venues, and prepare for the Law School Admissions Test.

The program is funded in part by a $100,000 PLUS Grant from the Law School Admission Council, with additional funding provided by the university and the college of law. It is the only program of its type in Iowa.

"Last year Iowa was one of only two law schools in the United States selected by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to host a PLUS program," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "This year, based on the success of those programs, the LSAC has increased its funding to sponsor additional programs. We are pleased by this recognition of the strength of the 2002 Hubbard Program and Iowa's long tradition of reaching out to students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, and training them to become top-notch lawyers."

Particularly encouraged to apply are students currently attending four-year public or private colleges or universities in the state of Iowa; historically black colleges or universities in the United States; American Indian tribal colleges in the United States; or predominately Hispanic colleges or universities in the United States.

Participants live in UI campus dormitories and receive a free room and meal allowance, a stipend and course materials. Some assistance for travel expenses may also be available upon request. Since this is an intensive program, participants must be available full-time throughout the program and the stipend is intended to enable full-time study.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Hubbard Program Committee, University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, or by email at Information and application materials will soon be available at the Hubbard Program website at

The Hubbard Program is named in honor of the late Philip G. Hubbard, a former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor who was the first African-American professor at the university and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the community for more than five decades. Hubbard died in 2002.